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My CSA box arrives tomorrow and I've got a butternut squash coming. Never cooked with it before, was thinking about doing a soup but perhaps I'll just roast it so I can really taste it.
Last week I bought real maple syrup for the first time. I was stunned when reading the ingredients of Aunt Jemima's pancake syrup and decided to spring for the real stuff. I had no idea what had been missing all my life!
I didn't buy any vegetables this week because I'm harvesting the following from my garden:
butternut squash, rainbow swiss chard, tomatoes, red bell peppers, eggplants, Chiogga beets and arugula.
For fruits I did buy some peaches and upstate NY apples.
Edited by: CHEFWITCH at: 9/18/2012 (11:04)
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Just got back from the market a while ago. This week we've got: carrots, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet peppers, potatoes, and wood-fired beets. Pears, peaches, strawberries and grapes!
What's your haul like this week guys??? Whats on your menus?
I buy a decent amount of veggies (unfortunately not all "in-season") but right now the corn on the cob in particular here is great, although the season is ending I think. We had it on Saturday night and we're gonna have it again tonight... so good and at 3 or 4 for a dollar, super cheap! Also supposedly my boss is going to bring me a big bag of tomatoes from his garden, which I'll roast and then jar and freeze.
I wish I knew more of what to do with peppers, the farm store near my house has a glut of them, all different kinds. Unfortunately their peas didn't survive the hot summer here.
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I bought peaches, pears, and Brussels sprouts.
I hated Brussels sprouts as a kid, but my mom made them for Thanksgiving a few years ago (prepared differently than when I was a kid) and I've been hooked ever since. 1 lb of Brussels sprouts, cut in half, tossed in 1.5 Tbs of olive oil with some salt and pepper and then baked in the oven (makes five 1/2 c servings). Very tasty!
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We live in Toulouse in the southwest of France. And although I really adore living here, we're moving in October up to the Rhône-Alpes region to Lyon for professional reasons. I'll definitely miss things down here, especially our market just across the street! But Lyon is the food capital of the country so I think we'll get by!
Last night just cooked up a batch of mediterranean braised green beans (a recipe from cooks illustrated) and they were AMAZING!
Going to miss all these summer fruits and veggies!
Hubby and I purchase fresh seasonal fruits and veggies. We are at a local market here and there was a couple that lived about 2 hours away and they were there every weekend with fresh produce and fruits from their families farms and groves. The current owners were so ugly to them and gave them such a hard time they left But fortunately they were able to get into a great local arts market. Unfortunity they are open whenw e are open so we do not get to buy from them very often.
Our local market replaced them with a guy that does not have the best quality fruits and veggies. We think he buys what is old at the local farmers market. The manager overheard me talking with one of our good customers that had asked me where the first couple was. I told them and gave them their phone number The manager became really upset with me. I informed her it is not my fault they did not keep the quality here and I personally will not shop with the current guy here.
We now go to the local farmer's market which is open everyday in our city. There is usually 40 to 50 stalls open at all times so you cna make selections on what is freshest etc. Many of our local resturantes are there at 5:30 and 6 in the morning getting fresh produce.
This week, I selected cucumbers, bell peppers, okra, tomatoes bockcoy and pears.
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Which region in France are you? I went to the Univ. of Grenoble (way back when), and spent as much time as possible exploring France. One of my favorite activities was shopping the farmers markets. My landlady was a chef educated at Le Cordon Bleu and taught me how to make ratatouille - except that I'm allergic to eggplant, LOL!
Farmers markets are fabulous, and it's great to see that there are more cropping up (sorry for the pun) across the USA. Our local ones are on Saturdays, and we now have a market that sells locally grown produce and other local "artisan" foods on a daily basis.
We try to buy local, as much as possible, but also have the advantage of buying seasonal produce from across the country. We get so excited when Rainier cherries from Washington are available (usually Jun-Jul), or when champagne grapes arrive (now). We love just about any kind of squash, and can get most varieties all year, because they're shipped from South America or Mexico.
We also buy local honey, really good.
There's nothing like fresh!
Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 9/9/2012 (15:34)
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My bf and I go to a farmer's market near our flat every Sunday and stock up on great seasonal produce and other foods (lots of it organic) from local producers. I've found this weekly market has really infused our diet with fresh real foods that are in season. But moreover, it's gotten me to TRY new veggies and fruits that I never grew up eating - and guess what? I've really learned to love these new things!
I thought it might be fun to start up a thread here where we can share what we picked up to prepare/eat for the week (regardless of where you bought it, of course!) and whether its a new-to-you food or a tried-and-true favorite.
This week I was happy to see the arrival of big bunches of deep purple and translucent yellow grapes at our market. The grapes here in France are full of flavor and taste almost as good as wine. So I picked up a big bunch of those, along with some late season peaches, strawberries, and plenty of beefsteak tomatoes.
So what about you guys? What new real foods have you bought for the week?